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Pupils across Renfrewshire shine a light on respect awareness campaign

Pupils in Renfrewshire are learning what respect means to them and their peers as primary and secondary schools joined in a national awareness campaign – “All Different, All Equal”.

Children and young people took part in a wide variety of activities focusing on respecting individual identity and that people can be different but also equal.

From lip syncing challenges at Johnstone High School to Happy Heroes at Kirklandnuek Primary School in Renfrew; all ages got involved in the week.

Open talks about respect and the use of banter took place at St Benedict’s High School, Linwood, while Houston Primary School pupils used respectme resources to talk about what respect means to people of different backgrounds.

The I Am Me Scotland Cine Bus dropped into St Anne’s Primary School, Erskine, with children from all year groups and the nursery getting on board, and pupils at Todholm Primary School, Paisley, got creative by making collaborative poems on what respect means to groups of pupils.

The award-winning MVP youth group at Paisley Grammar School led assemblies with S1-S3 year groups, talking about the importance of healthy relationships, while Trinity High School pupils in Renfrew explored respect with people of other faiths as part of Scottish Interfaith Week.

Gallowhill, Auchenlodment in Johnstone and Howwood primary schools encouraged pupils to discuss being a good friend, using social media safely, and consulting on respect in their school.

“The staff and pupils across the school have welcomed the opportunity, this week, to join in the national conversation on what respect means to them,” said Karen Parker, PT Pastoral Support at Trinity High School.

She added: “Achieving a culture at the heart of our school community that encourages respect, values opinions, celebrates difference and promotes positive relationships involves everyone playing their part. Giving everyone the chance to have their voice heard on this topic throughout this week has been a hugely positive experience for all.”

Lynne Hollywood, Headteacher at Johnstone High School, said: “This is a nationally important campaign that has had a great impact on schools across Renfrewshire. We are all doing a lot of work on positive peer relationships and school values such as respect and friendship.  The ‘all different, all equal’ campaign has allowed us to explore these issues in lessons and through fun events across the week.”

“Auchenlodment pupils have been focussing on Respect as a school value and what this means in how they live their lives,” said Gerry Carlton, Headteacher. He added: “They have participated in various activities and events throughout the week which encourages friendship, kindness and having a positive mindset.

“The pupils, parents and staff have worked together to create their new Respect Me policy which has a clear focus on prevention and support. The week has been a huge success with all members of the school community coming together to promote Respect.

“We are looking forward to seeing the impact that the week has had on the school and in the wider community of Johnstone Castle and beyond.”

Karen Logue, Headteacher at Kirklandneuk Primary School, is very proud of the confidence the Happy Heroes show in leading classes. She said: “Sharing is an important message about treating everyone with respect and supporting classmates.  We couldn’t do it better ourselves.”

Schools also took part in a national social media campaign and posted their activities on Twitter and Facebook using #respectmeans and #allequalalldifferent.

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Fashion first for intu Braehead mall

TWO new fashion chains open their first stores in the west of Scotland, at intu Braehead, today. (Friday, November 17)


Both the Simply Be and Jacamo brands have created 20 jobs in their joint stores, based in a retail unit in the upper mall, across from Marks and Spencer.


The Simply Be store caters for women’s fashions in sizes 12 to 32 and Jacamo is popular with men, as they stock the latest ranges of clothing from small size to 5XL.

Regional centre director, with responsibility for intu Braehead, Peter Beagley said:
“This is yet another great addition to our already wide variety of fashion stores at intu Braehead and I’ve no doubt both these brands will be very popular with shoppers.

“It’s also good that we are creating new jobs at intu Braehead.
“And we’re not yet finished with new stores opening before Christmas, as we have the MAC Cosmetics store also opening in the lower mall at the end of this month.

“We aim to provide as much choice as possible for our shoppers and with the opening of these new stores, we’re certainly doing that.”

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Skating is child¹s play for parents and toddlers

LEARNING to skate is now child’s play thanks to a new initiative that encourages parents and toddlers to get on the ice together.

Family Coaching Lessons have started up again at intu Braehead Ice Rink
Pictured Ella Ferguson age 4 with Skating Coach Ashley Mitchell and Mum Nicola Ferguson age 27
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The Arena at intu Braehead has just launched Wee Ones Wednesday, where children and their parents or carers get exclusive access to the ice rink for some fun and instruction from qualified coaches. The sessions take place every Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm and are aimed at encouraging children between the ages of two and five years of age to try skating along with an adult.

As well as the children getting help from experienced skating coaches, the grown ups will also be given hints and tips on how to skate and move around the ice.
And there will be plastic balls, cones and a multi-coloured parachute that will be used for fun and games on the ice.

Ice skates are available to hire as part of the £8.50p cost of an adult and toddler taking to the ice for the Wee Ones Wednesday session.

Lauren Little, arena operations manager and an accomplished competitive figure skater said: “You’re never too young to get your skates on.

“Taking to the ice at an early age helps to build a child’s confidence and develop their coordination and motor skills.

“We aim to make these sessions lots of fun for both the toddler and the adult who has come on the ice with them. And everyone will feel comfortable on the ice as there won’t be other more experienced skaters whizzing round the ice at the same time.” Lauren added: “And who knows if one of the toddlers coming along to our Wee Ones Wednesday sessions will end up skating for Britain in the Winter Olympics, featuring in one of the Disney on Ice shows we have at intu Braehead, or even appearing on TV in a future series of Dancing on Ice!”

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Festive Arts and Crafts Fair is going to be a cracker

SANTA and his elves are being a crafty lot this Christmas if a special event at Johnstone Town Hall this weekend is anything to go by.


The venue is hosting its first-ever Festive Arts and Crafts Fair, on Saturday and Sunday, November 18 and 19 between 11am and 4pm with free entry for everyone.

More than 30 stalls featuring all kinds of arts and crafts will be there, including handmade clocks, soya candles, embroidery, jewellery, papercraft, stained glass and unusual Christmas gifts and decorations.
And on Sunday there’s a free Festive Family Fun Day also being held with a Santa’s Grotto, bouncy castle, arts and crafts activities for kids, balloon modelling, treasure hunt for Santa’s missing elves, and decorating gingerbread men biscuits.

The events are being organised by Renfrewshire Leisure and its chief executive, Joyce McKellar says:
“This is a great way or all the family to get in the festive mood and grab themselves some unusual and handmade presents for Christmas.

“It’s the first time we’ve organised a Festive Arts and Crafts Fair and because of this Santa has promised to pay us a special visit.”

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Health and wellbeing event aiming for Brighter Futures

Renfrewshire residents are urged to head along to a fun-filled community event on health and wellbeing.

Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) are holding their first-ever public event – Brighter Futures – in Lagoon Leisure Centre, Paisley, on Thursday 16 November, 2-6pm.

From activities for kids to exercise taster sessions, the free-to-attend event is a chance for everyone to find out more about healthy lifestyles and services in the local area.

HSCP provides a wide range of community health and care services across Renfrewshire and letting the public know about the services they can access is the aim of the event.

David Leese, HSCP Chief Officer, said “The Brighter Futures event offers people a chance to come along, see what we do, find out about our services and activities and even take part in some exercise taster sessions.

“There will be messy play for children and a number of Heartstart demonstrations so that people can learn the basics of CPR, and we’ll also have digital information on all of the community groups that exist across Renfrewshire to support people to live well.

“We hope that all of this will help people to make the most of all the resources available to them, and possibly even consider a career in health and social care.”

Dr Donny Lyons, Chair of Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Integration Joint Board, said: “Renfrewshire is a diverse area, with more than 170,000 people living here, who benefit from an integrated health and social care service. It’s been two years since HSCP brought those services together and we want to showcase those services in the community.

“I would urge everyone who wants to know more about local health and care services to come along and find out more at this event.”

For more information on Renfrewshire HSCP, visit www.renfrewshire.hscp.scot.

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Remembrance services take place across Renfrewshire

Communities across Renfrewshire have paid their respects to the Armed Forces at a series of remembrance services across the area.

Services took place in the main town centres of Paisley, Renfrew, Johnstone, as well as six other services in neighbouring villages, to give local people the opportunity to pay tribute to those lost in the line of duty.

More than 500 people attended the service in Paisley, where Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron joined members of the Royal British Legion at the Cenotaph to remember those who have been lost in all wars and conflicts.

A member of the Royal British Legion Scotland- Paisley Comrades branch sounded the Last Post to commemorate those who have given the ultimate sacrifice before the Two Minutes’ Silence was impeccably observed at 11am.

Provost Cameron laid the first wreath, followed by more than 30 others from various groups and organisations including the Royal Air Force, 102 Field Squadron, Renfrewshire Council and the Emergency Services.

Provost Cameron said: “It is an honour to take part in this service which gives everyone the opportunity to recognise the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces and the importance of this cannot be misunderstood.

“We must ensure that we remember those who have given their lives to allow us to continue to live ours in peace.

“I was privileged to attend the Children’s Remembrance Service on Friday and it was clear that the message of remembrance remains in our schools, and it is important that the younger generation recognise the importance of remembering the fallen.”

The annual Children’s Remembrance Service took place on Friday 10 November at the joint campus of Mossvale and St James Primary Schools.

Primary 7 pupils from both schools led a service of readings and poetry to Provost Cameron and members of the Royal British Legion Scotland- Paisley Comrades branch, which included a moving rendition of ‘In Flanders Fields’ by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae.

For more information visit www.legionscotland.org.uk.

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Renfrewshire’s Got Talent

Young people who made a positive contribution to Renfrewshire communities were honoured at a special awards ceremony in the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew last night.

The Positive About Youth (PAY) Awards, organised by community-based youth charity Renfrewshire Youth Voice, are held to celebrate the remarkable skills and abilities of local young people aged between 12 and 25. More than 250 guests, including friends, family and sponsors, looked on as the winners were announced at the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew.

Trophies were presented to prize-winners in eight different categories of achievement, including Young Carer of the Year, Young Volunteer of the Year and Youth Group of the Year.

The winners from each of the categories were:

Campaign for change award

Who Cares? Scotland – Young Campaigners Group

Eilish Herron Young Sports Person

Lewis Nicholson

Ferran Hart Young Artist

Sophie Paterson

Literature award

Neave Scott

Unsung Hero award

Aleena Rafi

Young Carer award

Jamie Pizzey

Young Volunteer of the year award

Rebecca Adams

Youth Group of the year award

Paisley Grammar S5/S6 MVP Mentors

Congratulating the winners, Councillor Jim Paterson, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Policy Board, said:

“The Positive about Youth awards are a great way to showcase the fantastic achievements of young people in Renfrewshire. It’s been a privilege to witness the celebration of talent that young people in Renfrewshire have.

“We have a huge amount of accomplished and committed youngsters in Renfrewshire and these awards demonstrate the great work and results that can be achieved. It is events such as this that continue to build a genuinely favourable image of young people in the area.

“Tonight’s winners and nominees all make a positive difference to their communities and it’s essential that we continue to acknowledge their achievements.”

Commenting on the night, Chair of Renfrewshire Youth Voice, Mark Dougan said:

“The Positive about Youth awards are evidence that Renfrewshire’s youth have a voice, have talent and have an impact on their local communities. It has been great to celebrate our young people tonight and I hope the award winners will motivate and inspire others.”

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GAVIN NEWLANDS MP JOINS CHARITY’S CALL FOR DEAF RENFREWSHIRE RESIDENTS TO SHARE VIEWS OF HEALTH SERVICE ACCESSIBILITY

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, is supporting a campaigning charity’s call on deaf Renfrewshire residents to share their experiences about accessing health services.

The Scottish Government’s new Health and Social Care Standards and the British Sign Language (BSL) National Plan both aim to improve the accessibility of health services for people in Renfrewshire who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

The charity is urging local residents who are Deaf or have hearing loss to complete a short survey to give details about whether their individual communication needs are currently being met when booking or attending hospital, health centre or GP appointments.

The information from survey respondents will play a vital role in highlighting where health services are doing well in being accessible for deaf people and also where there could be room for improvement.

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said: “It’s great to see the Scottish Government taking steps to deliver improvements in the everyday accessibility of public services for people who are Deaf or have hearing loss – including health services.

“I’m pleased to support Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s call for people in Paisley and Renfrewshire North to complete the charity’s Access to Health Services survey to provide vital information about how accessible hospital, health centre and GP surgeries currently are for patients who are Deaf or have hearing loss, so that any needed improvements can be highlighted.”

The survey can be completed online at www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/access, which has BSL translation, or paper copies can be requested by emailing scotland@hearingloss.org.uk or calling 07388 227407.

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Council customers at heart of new five-year strategy

Renfrewshire Council customers will benefit from services they help to develop and are delivered to meet their needs, through a new strategy approved today (Wednesday 8 November).

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Councillors on the Finance, Resources and Customer Services Policy Board have backed the new five-year Customer Strategy 2017-2022.

Each year, customers get in touch with the Council three million times. Customers access a wide range of services from making council tax payments to applying for housing benefit, arranging a special bulk uplift or reporting flytipping.

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The new strategy has been prepared following detailed customer insight research, which identified online access and speed of reply as the two most important features of any service.

Research also showed the Council website, email and phone are the most convenient contact methods, while those with a disability or requiring language support prefer to visit a contact centre in person.

Councillor Shaw, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Finance, Resources and Customer Services Policy Board said: “Our Customer Strategy rightly puts Renfrewshire customers at its heart and has been developed through detailed customer consultation.

“It is vital that we understand who our customers are, the challenges they face and the service they require, involving them in the design of services and learning from their feedback.

“We want to provide easily accessible, simple to follow services which provide a positive experience for all our customers from the first contact through to a successful resolution. At the same time, when we get things wrong, we will acknowledge this and work with customers to put things right again and refine our approach.”

The new strategy will continue to offer face-to-face and telephone contact, and will also make more services available online, developing a single sign-on process and web chat assistance as well as greater use of social media communications channels to contact the Council.

This builds on the success of the Council’s MyAccount platform, which enables online access to a range of services and has seen more than 26,000 customers register since its launch last March.

“More and more customers are looking to communicate, interact and access services through digital channels,” added Councillor Shaw. “MyAccount has proved very popular and we will extend this and adopt more innovative ways of working to ensure we deliver a truly digital service.

“We recognise that not all our customers are able to access services digitally and that’s why we are putting facilities in place like free publically available Wifi across our town centres and self-service customer service areas.

“And we know many people are not comfortable using online services so have invested in training our staff and equipping our community partners with the right skills to support and assist customers.

“Customers will benefit from a joined-up approach regardless of how they contact us and will still be able to contact us face-to-face and by telephone. Customer expectations are changing and a one-size-fits-all approach won’t work – we must tailor our services to meet our customers’ needs.”

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Renfrewshire Remembers

Communities across Renfrewshire are preparing for a weekend of remembrance as the area pays tribute to those lost in service with the Armed Forces.

The proceedings will begin on Friday 10 November with Renfrewshire’s annual Children’s Remembrance Service, held at Mossvale Primary School in Paisley.

The Royal British Legion Scotland– Paisley Comrades Division will lead a joint assembly for the pupils of Mossvale and St James Primary which will give them the opportunity to ask questions about the veteran’s experiences and the work of the Legion, followed by a minutes silence at 10am.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron, who will be attending both the Children’s Remembrance Service and the Armistice Service in Paisley, said:  “This is an important weekend as it gives the whole of Renfrewshire the opportunity to pay tribute to our Armed Forces, past and present, and give thanks for the sacrifices they have made.

“Renfrewshire has a proud military tradition and the services of commemoration are a chance to recognise those who have done so much to shape past, present and future generations.

“If you are able to attend one of the services then please feel welcome to do so and come pay your respects.”

A number of commemorative events have been arranged for Sunday 12 November at Cenotaphs or war memorials across Renfrewshire.

These include:

Start    Finish (Approx)

Renfrew         9.45am           10.30am
Houston         10.00am         10.30am
Kilbarchan    10.00am         10.30am
Paisley           10.45am         11.30am
Lochwinnoch           10.45am         11.15am
Howwood      11.45am         12.15pm

Johnstone     12.30pm         1.00pm
Elderslie        2.30pm           3.00pm
Bridge of Weir 3.00pm        3.30pm

Full details of all services can be found at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/RemembranceServices2017